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Tech start-ups secure £20,000

Winners of Jisc’s Summer of Student Innovation scoop funding to kick off edtech projects

The four winners of a competition to support technology start-up projects have been announced, each scooping a £20,000 grant to kick off the project and a chance to turn their working beta into a fully functioning product.

Along with the prize money, the teams will receive support, business mentoring and marketing advice. The winners will be supported to develop robust and quality assured products for universities and colleges. 

This is part of Jisc’s Summer of Student Innovation, which called for technology startups that could improve the student experience in further or higher education and skills. This attracted dozens of entrants, whose pitches accumulated 5710 votes in total. 

Owen White, consultant (Ed Tech Futures) and start-up programme lead said: ‘The Jisc start-up programme is designed to help the winners to turn promising ideas and early stage products into sustainable businesses.  That’s easier said than done, but Emerge and EdTechFutures have designed a programme (based on Lean Startup and Innovation Consulting principles) to maximize the chances that this year’s startups can prosper long after the programme ends.”

“Participants from the 2014 and 2015 programmes, like Unitu and Potential.ly, continue to go from strength to strength and we’re confident that we’ll see something similar from this year’s cohort. The four startups we’ve selected for the 2016 programme are all very promising in slightly different ways.  I’m really looking forward to working with each one of them.  The different ways in which they are proposing to exploit new technologies to positively impact the lives of students and staff in the higher and further education sectors is genuinely exciting.” 

Keep an eye out for this year’s winners’ ideas in the future, and watch their pitches here.